|Good tenants deserve good rental conditions|
New rules, now in force, will help crackdown on rogue landlords that flout the rules and improve safety & affordability for renters. Councils are now able to impose fines of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for a range of housing offences. They will be able to retain all of the income to make sure it is used for private sector housing enforcement purposes.
Rent repayment orders, which can be issued to penalise landlords managing or letting unlicensed properties, have also been extended to cover a wider range of situations. These include the illegal evictions or harassment of the occupiers of a property, using violence to secure entry and the breach of a banning order.The government also accepts the recommendations of the Client Money Protection working group, to make it mandatory for all agents to protect the client money they handle. It will consult in due course.